Eating Vegan in Seoul
I think about food more than the average person. It is one of my greatest pleasures in life. I plan my days, vacations, and now my life around it. I honestly don’t think eating healthy is difficult, it’s just all about personal choices, but that’s just me. I’ve always liked to cook so I guess that is a bit of an advantage on some.
As I’ve mentioned before, being vegan can make it so much easier as you just naturally cut out the shit. 🙂
Breakfast is my absolute favorite meal of the day! I like to workout in the morning so breakfast always feels like some kind of delicious reward for the hard work I’ve already put in before most people are awake.
My go to? Smoothie bowls! A smoothie, in a bowl. It’s like ice cream for breakfast. But full of healthy proteins and fibre to get my day going right.
My typical recipe is like this:
1-2 frozen bananas
Frozen mix berries
Spinach or kale stems (yay no waste^^)
Water or Soymilk
Pea protein powder
Cashews or sunflower seeds
Then topped with all sorts of crunchy yumminess like toasted coconut, toasted buckwheat, hemp seeds, cacao nibs and sometimes more fruit.
I still remember carrying suitcases full of most of those ingredients back from Canada, but now you can find everything on Iherb, Coupang, Costco or in the Foreign Food marts in Itaewon.
Oh how things have changed 🙂
Before SpoonMe, I typically ate about 5 – 6 times a day. That is just impossible now so I had to do some rearranging of my eating schedule to just 3 meals a day and that was a bit of an adjustment.
But lucky for me I work in a vegan kitchen and snacking on veggies is part of my job. Quality control ^^.
Lunch for me is usually the same throughout the week. My diet isn’t that exotic and maybe a little routine? But I like it, and so does my body! Usually, a salad of sorts with a rainbow of veg, beans, nuts, and of course a creamy dressing. Again, working at a vegan kitchen makes this super easy and convenient but I did this at home too.
Preparation is key though, no one has time to prep all that veg everyday!
Make a big container of greens and veg, make a dressing, toast some seeds and cook whatever protein you want for the week. Chickpeas, tofu, beans, tempeh, so many! Then all week you can just grab it from the fridge. Easy.
Dinners happen later than I like nowadays but c’est la vie. I don’t do a lot of cooking at home anymore, so if I’m not eating a SpoonMe bowl, I can usually be found grabbing a bowl at Cafe Morococo, Plant, or Vegetus. Have I mentioned I eat everything in a bowl? But there are so many more great vegan options in Seoul now, especially compared to when I first got here. The Happy Cow app is your friend! These just happen to be in my neighbourhood and I’m pretty tired and lazy by the time I go home. If a restaurant doesn’t have any vegan option or anything that can be veganized, (that is not a plate of lettuce), I have been known to bring my own something~ with permission of course 🙂
Snacks! I’m not a huge snacky person but these are the hardest to find in Korea as it seems everything has milk powder or meat broth powder in it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve almost been deceived! Even items I can eat in Canada, nope, not here! Then I found these chips. I love these chips. I also love that they are at the convenience store. 🙂
Truth is, I also sometimes indulge in late night whole pizzas (sans cheese), falafel wraps, and Casablanca sandwiches, cause, it’s all about that balance.
What are my go-to cruelty-free products? My top 10 list, coming next week.